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Old 10-10-2012, 01:40 AM   #11
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It's my first time using it and I'm still in the trial phase but it didn't seem like there was many options for adding your equipment. I'll look again but I think I saw a drop down that only had like 8 options. I selected what best closely matched my setup which was pretty close. Overall I was pretty impressed with BS and will probably end up purchasing it.

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:56 AM   #12
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It's my first time using it and I'm still in the trial phase but it didn't seem like there was many options for adding your equipment. I'll look again but I think I saw a drop down that only had like 8 options. I selected what best closely matched my setup which was pretty close. Overall I was pretty impressed with BS and will probably end up purchasing it.
Not sure which version you downloaded, but generally the commands I'm about to give should work...

To change your equipment, you go to profiles and then click on equipment. From there, there are various built-in standardish HB equipment profiles that you can choose from.

Select one that's close to your equipment. Doesn't need to be exact, just double click one that has roughly the same sizing. You can edit it all in there. Just take your time and look at the options, it makes sense overall.

Unless you know how much you boil off, leave it as is for now and it'll be pretty close. For your mash tun, just change the size and look at the coefficients for the material that are listed (.4 for plastic, for example). Adjust your boil time if needed, default is 60 minutes.

Then save it as "My Equipment" and go from there. As you learn your equipment, you can make adjustments to dial in your volumes, temps, and efficiency.

Good luck. Also, use the BeerSmith site for tons of info and FAQs.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:42 PM   #13
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+1 on going to Beersmith site for tutorials and whatnot. I'm sure the software makes sense to the programmer, but IMO it's not always intuitive when starting out. But since there are several ways to make beer, there are many ways to think about making beer.

There is a lot of good advice on the website. After the equipment is set up and you get a feel for the interface it's not hard to use.

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Old 10-10-2012, 05:24 PM   #14
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So it went pretty good yesterday. With 13lbs of grain my 5 gallon mash ton was maxed out! I only got just over 2 gallons on my first runnings. I had to do 2 sparges to get my full pre-boil volume of 6.8 gallons. Ended up hitting my pre-boil gravity of 1.062. Post boil volume was lower then anticipated at 5.2 gallons after 90 minutes (was supposed to 5.98). Gravity hit though at 1.073. Overall the whole session turned out going much longer then I thought it was going to but I'm pretty happy with the result so far. I'll know for sure in 8 weeks!
Beersmith instructed you to sparge 4 times because it read your recipe and equipment and saw that you had maxed out capacity in your 5 gallon tun and could not fit the full sparge volume if you want to keep brewing bigger beers and reduce the number of sparges then get a 10g collet or bigger.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:01 PM   #15
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Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like I have some Beer Smith studying to do. I thought it was mostly pretty intuitive and it was very helpful to follow it while brewing. I think I'll stick with the equipment I have for now and just get used to multiple sparges. No big deal.

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Keep in mind that Beersmith is a tool to help you brew. It's not instructions on how to brew.

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